I subbed today for a notoriously difficult group of 7th graders. I managed to keep them silent and on-task for a solid 40 minutes. How? I played some Boston, Journey, and The Beatles.
I guess music does soothe the savage beast.
Student: Mr. C, do you know Spanish?
Mr. C: Nah, just a couple useful phrases, like "no hablo espanol" and "donde esta el baño."